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Owerri Peoples Assembly demands justice, fair play

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the people of Owerri zone in Imo State have again declared that it is the turn of the zone to produce the next governor of the state.
This was contained in a 13-point communiqué issued at the end of a 2-day convention organized by the Owerri People’s Assembly (OPA) in Owerri recently.
The communiqué which was signed by Chief Sam Obaji (KSP), Chairman, Convention Planning Committee and also acclaimed Unity Ambassador of Owerri, pointed out that the objective of the convention was to review the status of Owerri zone in the present political dispensation as well as build the unity of Owerri sons and daughters from the local government areas of the zone.
The communiqué, which x-rayed the lengths of tenures of past governors in Imo State, revealed that Owerri zone has the least both from creation in 1976 and from the present democracy in 1999.
The statement showed that since the creation of Imo State in 1976, Orlu zone had ruled for 16 years, Okigwe zone 8 years and Owerri zone 1 year.
It further stated that in the present democratic dispensation of 20 years from 1999, while Orlu and Okigwe zones produced governors for 16 years and four years respectively, Owerri zone is yet to produce any governor in the state.
The communiqué also revealed that Owerri zone which has the highest voting population of 43% in Imo State is the only zone in the South East geo-political zone yet to produce a governor.
It recalled that in 1999, Owerri zone conceded the Governorship position to Orlu zone on the basis of which a Charter of Equity was enunciated.
The communiqué therefore called on all political parties operating in Imo State to grant consideration to Owerri sons and daughters as their flag bearers for the Imo Gubernatorial contest as a just and equitable act in line with Imo Charter of Equity.
The communiqué sounded it loud and clear that Owerri zone which has the highest voting population in Imo State will vote against any political party that fails to choose its governorship candidate from the zone.
The socio-cultural and political group condemned what is described as the “current marginalized, economic impoverishment, political intimidation and bad governance on  Imo people and called on Owerri sons and daughters to participate actively in politics.

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